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Income Distribution, Redistribution and Incentives

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The available empirical evidence indicates that the distribution of private income in Australia is polarising. While there are a number of factors underlying this trend, it is clear that the dramatic swing to "economic rationalist" policies since the mid 1980s has been a major cause of the problem. An important part of the economid rationalist moveemnt is a commitment to smaller government and lower taxes. Specific elements of the latter include lower taxes on personal income with particular emphasis on reducing the top marginal rate.

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  • Apps, P., 1997. "Income Distribution, Redistribution and Incentives," CEPR Discussion Papers 379, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:379
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    Keywords

    INCOME DISTRIBUTION ; INCENTIVES ; TAXATION;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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